A gratifying season for Bombay Jayashri
By Our Special Correspondent
##photo##For Bombay Jayashri, 2018 was, perhaps, a largely gratifying season. Her
single-minded pursuit, a thoroughly professional outlook and an
unalloyed sincerity have all combined to make her a highly respected
artiste in the world of Carnatic music. Her ability to seamlessly
integrate with the musical job on hand –cutting across artistes, genres
and geographies – singles out the person in Jayashri the musician. It
has been a long journey for this artiste originally from Bombay. The
road has not been strewn with roses though for her. Nevertheless,
Jayashri has come a long way. Her concerts always draw full house. It
was no different in Season 2018.
An inspired performance
Many summers have elapsed since she sang Chakkani Raja last in this
sabha. Since then, a lot has changed - both for her and the sabha.
Bombay Jayashri has transformed into a super singer. And, the Mylapore
Fine Arts, too, has seen a metamorphosis. In the concert on the eve of
Christmas (i.e. Deccember 24, 2018), her Kharaharporiya was exquisite as
she re-presented Chakkani Raja in a style that bordered on magnificent.
There was style. And, there was elegance, too. And, the entire concert
for the Mylapore Fine Arts Club turned out to be an inspired
presentation. Her alapana in Kharaharapriya was riveting, and her RTP in
Ranjani was crisp and splendid. The Thillana of Lalgudi Jayaraman in
Thilang was absorbing, and proved an eloquent testimony to her
repertoire. She was given a good violin support by H.N. bhaskar and
Kanjira vidwan Sundara Kumar. Patri Satish Kuimar was was vibrant as
Unhurried as always
As usual, she was unhurried in her approach. Her music was more for the
mind. And, it brought in a sense of equanimity in the body system. The
135-minute concert that Bombay Jayashri gave for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
on December 21 was an exercise in reiterating the dedication of years of
pure sadagam. The Kamboji alapana and Hindolam RTP (ragam, tanam and
pallavi) reinforced this. Lathangi proved a wonderful listening
experience. And, the Kannada Gaula kriti was refreshing. She was given a
good support on Mridangam by Anantha R.Krishnan. Seasoned H.N. Bhaskar
on the violin proved an ever dependable support artiste. Kanjira vidwan
provided the necessary pep to the concert.
Bombay Jayashri was at her expressive best at Narada Gana Sabha on the
evening of December 30, 2018. She signed off 2018 concert season on a
hugely satisfactory note. She ended it in style with the ever-popular
Thillana in Sindhubhairavi of her guru. There was so much felicity in
her musical articulation. The concert was elegant and ecstatic. Her
Kalyani alapana was brilliant with absorbing sangatis. Her
conceptualization of Sriranjani particularly stood out for its stylish
interpretation and precision delivery. The RTP in Desh was exhilarating.
Embar Kannan on the violin was melodious and merged seamlessly with the
vocalist's thought process during the entire course of the concert.
Patri Satish Kumar on mridangam and Sundara Kumar on Kanjira matched
each other in the tani - in terms of class as well innovation in beat
It was a classy work by top-notch professional artistes.